Tag Archive: holiday

Dreaming of Spring: Children’s Day and Koinobori

I’m getting a little tired of the winter weather here in Tokyo, so since this month’s Japan Blog Matsuri (graciously hosted by loneleeplanet) is themed “famous Japanese events”, I thought I would choose… Continue reading

Beware the Killer Mochi

Photo: Mochi, © Wendy Wallace, Let the dog in! In my New Year’s post, I mentioned the Japanese tales about rabbits making mochi (and the rabbit in the moon). Interestingly, there have been… Continue reading

Happy Year of the Rabbit!

Happy New Year! あけましておめでとうございます!The Year of the Rabbit is off to a great start here in Japan. I actually got my act together in time to send out nengajo, or New Year’s postcards,… Continue reading

Welcome! ようこそ!

I just wanted to say a special hello to the new readers who have been introduced to my blog recently. A few weeks ago, Searchina, a Japanese website that primarily distributes information on… Continue reading

Happy Birthday, Mr. Emperor

Photo by kristi-san Yesterday was a truly beautiful sunny winter day in Tokyo. It was also a national holiday, in celebration of Emperor Akihito’s 77th birthday (天皇誕生日, or Tennō tanjōbi). On this day… Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Turkey Day to all of you in the U.S.! Here in Japan, it’s business-as-usual. There is in fact a national holiday for Labor Thanksgiving Day here, which was on November 23, but… Continue reading

Koinobori and the coming of spring

Spring is cementing its hold on Niigata, slowly but surely. To celebrate, the city of Kamo holds an annual festival. Somehow, I’d been so wrapped up in my thoughts that I almost failed… Continue reading